Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Including reaction shots, part of Creating a Short Film: 08 Editing.
- [Instructor] A reaction shot is simply…when we show a character reacting to something.…And honestly when we filmed The Assurance…I didn't realize just how powerful reaction shots are,…but I think I get it now, at least somewhat more than I did.…Showing someone reacting to something is…like a gut punch straight to the emotions of the audience.…I mean we as human beings are empathetic creatures…so we tend to react when we see…someone else genuinely feeling something.…Let's look at the original Cape Fear, one of our heroes…is stuck in a small house boat with a violent criminal.…
When he confronts her it creates a frightening situation.…But it's infinitely more horrific because we are forced…as the audience to just see her terrified reaction.…Notice how the editor hardly ever lets us connect…with the villain by allowing us to see his face.…The editor also hardly ever goes wide…to give us a sense of the action.…No we are forced to be close to her…and watch her face as she suffers,…which makes this scene so incredibly potent and disturbing.…
- Telling stories with edits
- Syncing audio and video
- Matching eyelines
- Knowing when not to cut
- Controlling the pacing
- Controlling emotion with shot size
- Working with audio
- Creating a rough cut
- Creating end credits
- Rendering and output
Skill Level Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 01 Producingwith Chad Perkins1h 6m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 07 Cinematographywith Chad Perkins4h 44m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Productionwith Chad Perkins2h 13m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 05 Directingwith Chad Perkins2h 27m Intermediate
1. Understanding Film Editing
2. Preparing to Edit
3. In the Beginning
4. Editing Basics
5. The Art of Editing
6. Working with Audio
7. Refining the Edit
8. Creating End Credits
9. Editing The Assurance
10. Exporting to Other Processes
11. Rendering and Output
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